What 90210’s Jessica Stroup Eats (Almost) Every Day
Looking good in one of the world’s most famous zip codes is easy for Jessica Stroup, who stars as Erin Silver on The CW’s 90210. Find out what the striking actress eats (almost) every day, here!
Almond Butter: The 90210 star loves almond butter on top of Gala Apples with a touch of sea salt. “It’s perfect for a healthy snack,” Stroup says.
Raw Veggies and Ranch: Stroup counts crunchy vegetables as one of her favorite snacks. “Just imagine they’re fries!” she laughs.
Clif Bars: The nutrient-packed energy bars are perfect for the gorgeous actress when she’s in a major rush. “They kept me alive in Ethiopia,” she says.
Vegan Protein Drink Mix: Who needs sugary juices or soda with this perfectly healthy drink! “I am crazy for OptiCleanse GHI in the chai flavor,” Stroup says. “Just add water in your blender bottle. It’s delicious and super healthy.”
Water: Stroup stays hydrated with H20. “On set I have a lot of coffee…so I try to chug water before going for that next cup,” she says.
Quinoa: Another item in Stroup’s kitchen? Quinoa! “For meals, I’m big into Quinoa or rocket salad with a protein like shrimp of chicken added to it,” the striking starlet says.
Blended Drinks: When indulging, the native South Carolina girl chooses blended drinks like Starbucks frappes or strawberry margaritas with salt.
“I lean towards savory instead of sweet, so the drinks seem to satisfy that little voice in my head longer than an empty Reese’s cup…though I love those too!” Stroup says.
Workout Secret: The talented TV star works out with her trainer and best friend, Aaron Ribant at Equinox, to focus on strengthening her newly found core.
“We use weights on almost every exercise. Circuit training is a great way to go,” Stroup says. “Keeping the reps high and the weight low, you’ll tone your muscles without bulking up.”
Fitness Advice: “Feel good! You know when you don’t feel healthy, stop the excuses and do something. Just go outside, walk, breathe,” Stroup says. “Life’s too short to fall into a rut. You are in charge of you – treat yourself well and it’ll show.”
More on Stroup: Aside from eating healthy and exercising, Stroup always remembers to stretch. “Before and after a workout, or just whenever you feel stiff, get on the floor and stretch!” she says. “Take your time. Even if you think flexible is a foreign word, eventually you’ll work it into your vocabulary.”
Catch Jessica Stroup starring on The CW’s 90210, Tuesdays at 8/7 c.
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- By Kristen Aldridge
They’re showing a lot of skinny
Here’s a news flash — young actresses these days are very, very thin. Reporting live from in front of their television sets, the editors of Entertainment Weekly and Us Weekly are shocked, shocked to discover that several female members of the cast of “90210″ appear to have last eaten some time during the fifth grade. Since then, Jessica Stroup (who plays Silver) and Shenae Grimes (Annie) have apparently subsisted on iced coffee and breath strips.
There is no denying that Stroup and Grimes look more than a little frightening — you have to wonder if the show’s producers tried to save money by casting by the pound. But it’s a bit disingenuous, not to mention tedious, for the entertainment press, which produces no greater praise than when a star sheds baby weight or other unsightly poundage, to dutifully trot out experts wringing their hands and disgorging boilerplate about the specter of an eating-disorder epidemic.
For one thing, unless you have the misfortune to be an aspiring actress, most eating disorders usually have roots far deeper and more complicated than wanting to look like Jenny on “Gossip Girl.” Despite years of television’s attempt to pare women down to skin and bones, we are in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic; even the Gap carries size 16 nowadays.
“90210″ is unusual only in its choice to buck tradition. Historically, the skeletalization of women on an ensemble show has followed a pandemic model — one horrifyingly thin actress (Calista Flockhart, Courteney Cox, Lara Flynn Boyle) “infects” the rest of the cast until by, say, Season 3, all of the women are shopping for negative sizes. And it seems a little unfair to pick on the newbies when over at “Grey’s Anatomy,” Ellen Pompeo remains so slender she makes Katherine Heigl seem heavy, and America Ferrera has lost so much weight it looks like they have to pad her to play her average-sized character on “Ugly Betty.”
Their talent isn’t thin
In fact, more shocking than the sight of today’s waif-like 20-year-olds are the ranks of underfed fortysomethings who star in some of the most critically acclaimed shows on television. Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer” and Holly Hunter of “Saving Grace” are two of the more talented human beings on the planet — and if you put them together you might be able to fill out a pair of size 8 Lucky Brand jeans. Hunter especially is so thin that whenever she takes off her shirt, which she does quite a lot, you can feel the sweat of a thousand reps rise off your own skin. The ladies of “Desperate Housewives” are so far gone in terms of resembling humans that it’s almost laughable to mention them, but even Felicity Huffman, self-described former “fat girl,” has lost so much weight that when she wears those plunging necklines you can count her ribs.
A look far from tops
Much was made of how terrific the “Sex and the City” gals looked in their big-screen debut, but when Sarah Jessica Parker appeared whippet thin in skimpy pajamas, the value of body fat on a woman older than 40 was instantly and abundantly clear — do we really want to be able to identify whole muscle groups in the middle of a cuddle scene? Probably not.
For years, feminists have insisted that the paring down of women on television is political, that as women gain social and economic power, society attempts to achieve some sort of balance by belittling them. Literally.
Me, I think it comes down to the tyranny of the tank top.
When did it become mandatory for every actress, no matter what her age or natural body type, to look good in a teeny-tiny tank top? Not just good, but good enough to wear them on television. In every episode of whatever show they’re starring in. Cops in tank tops, lawyers in tank tops, fashion editors and stay-at-home moms. You know why the women of “Mad Men” look so fabulous? Because they don’t have to wear a tank top.
What first appeared as adorable sleepwear on shows like “Friends” now has become de rigueur for any situation on women of any age. Both Hunter’s Grace and Sedgwick’s Brenda live in T-tees and sleeveless dresses. Over on HBO’s “True Blood,” poor Anna Paquin is wearing tanks so wee they look like toddlers’ undershirts. “Weeds” is set in Southern California, so at least Mary-Louise Parker’s Nancy Botwin has an excuse for all those spaghetti straps and baby-doll dresses, but the ladies of “Lipstick Jungle” huddle over their lattes in sleeveless silk and linen, never mind that it’s autumn in New York and sleeting.
Why not accent accents?
Seriously, it may be the most oppressive instrument of fashion since the chastity belt. Yes, Linda Hamilton looked great when she buffed up for “Terminator 2,” but those biceps were necessary to save the world. Wouldn’t it be better for actors to spend time working on, say, their Southern accents than doing endless sets of pull-ups? Do we really want a generation of women with arms like Madonna?
You would think that producers would lighten up a little and let the tank top go. Or at least acknowledge that a woman can be sassy and attractive and still wear long sleeves (or even short sleeves).
For one thing, it would probably cut down on all the on-set drama. When you haven’t eaten in 17 days, when whatever free time you have is spent lifting free weights, when you face a wardrobe full of clothing designed for a 12-year-old, it’s hard not to be a seem a little “difficult.”
A word about aesthetics
But, more important, a move away from tank-top skinny would improve the general aesthetic of television. The current cavalcade of wafer-thin, over-toned and stringy women can be quite depressing to watch. You worry too much about their general health. Are they smoking too much? Taking those weird Chinese herbs that are really just natural speed? Do they not remember when Jamie-Lynn Sigler almost had to quit “The Sopranos” because she got too thin?
The real problem with the eating-challenged actresses of “90210″ is not that they’re going to jump-start a cult of anorexia but that they’re going to ruin their own show. How can you, the viewer, concentrate on the drama of the story if you’re worrying that Grimes and Stroup will literally collapse before your eyes?
Jessica Leigh Stroup (born October 23, 1986) is an American actress, best known for her role as Erin Silver on 90210, Max Hardy on The Following, and Joy Meachum in Iron Fist. She is regarded as a scream queen for starring in the horror films Prom Night, Vampire Bats, Left in Darkness, and The Hills Have Eyes 2.
Stroup was born in Anderson, South Carolina, the daughter of Judith and Don Stroup, a senior vice president at MUFG Union Bank. She spent her childhood in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Providence High School in 2004. Stroup received a full scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, but declined in order to pursue an acting career.
Stroup’s first acting role was a guest appearance on Unfabulous. Stroup has since appeared in a number of TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, October Road, and True Blood. In 2007, Stroup appeared in 4 episodes of Reaper, in which she played the protagonist’s ex-girlfriend. She appeared in a number of small independent movie productions, such as Left in Darkness, Pray for Morning, Vampire Bats, and Southern Comfort.
In March 2007, Stroup starred as the female lead in The Hills Have Eyes 2. Stroup played the role of a national guard named Amber who fights for survival with her peers against a group of mutant people. The film was a fast-forward sequel to The Hills Have Eyes, a remake of the 1977 movie of the same name. Despite negative reviews from critics the film went on to gross over $67 million worldwide. That same year Jessica had a supporting role in This Christmas.
In April 2008, Stroup was cast as a series regular on 90210, a reboot of the Golden Globe Award-nominated series Beverly Hills, 90210. Stroup played the role of high school student Erin Silver, the younger sister of David Silver and Kelly Taylor from Beverly Hills, 90210. The pilot premiered on September 2, 2008 to a high 4.65 million viewers despite mixed reviews from critics. In 2010 Stroup was awarded the “Sparkling Performance” award at the Young Hollywood Awards.
Also in April 2008, Stroup played the role of Claire in Screen Gems remake Prom Night. In December 2007, MTV.com announced that Stroup was cast in another horror film titled Homecoming, which follows a young woman being kidnapped by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. Despite the film completing production in February 2008, it was not released until July 2009 for a limited release in selected cinemas. In 2008, Stroup played Rachel in the ensemble film The Informers.
In 2011, Stroup guest-appeared on Family Guy, in which she voiced a number of characters over the course of two episodes. Stroup reunited with Seth MacFarlane in his directorial debut Ted, in which she played Tracy, Lori’s (played by Mila Kunis) friend at work.
On August 20, 2013 it was announced that Stroup would join The Following in season 2 as a series regular. Her character, Max, is “the niece of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). She’s an NYPD cop, working in the Intel Division. Max reconnects with Ryan and she becomes a valuable ally.”
In April 2016, Stroup was cast in Marvel’s Iron Fist as Joy Meachum – the daughter of Harold and childhood acquaintance of Danny Rand’s, whose work building up Rand Enterprises with her brother Ward is threatened to be undone with Rand’s return.
– IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan
Are The Stars Of ‘90210’ Too Skinny?
Are the stars of the new “90210” too thin for TV? That’s the question being asked by some, according to a new cover story in Us Weekly.
Jessica Stroup, the 21-year-old who plays Erin Silver on the show, reportedly weighs 100 pounds, the magazine claims, while her co-star, 18-year-old Shenae Grimes, may weigh just 90 pounds.
And the girls’ small frames are reportedly a concern of their male co-stars.
“I heard some of the boys on the show are going to sit down with the girls and talk to them,” a show source told Us. “The girls were all skinny when they started, but they’re definitely thinner now.”
According to another source on set, the wardrobe sizes for the girls are between size 00 and size 2. By contrast, on the original “90210” set, 5’5” Jennie Garth wore a size 5, while 5’1” Gabrielle Carteris was a size 6.
Reportedly, there is a vast amount of food on set from caterers, including buffet style meals and snacks. But another set source said the girls don’t partake.
“I’ve never seen Jessica or Shenae eat,” a source reportedly told the magazine. “It’s not good. If they look that skinny on television, just imagine how they look in person.”
But co-star AnnaLynne McCord, who plays Naomi Clark, said eating isn’t always in plain sight.
“We eat in each other’s trailers,” she told Us. “I’ve seen them enjoy pork chops and mashed potatoes, just like me. I don’t know.”
However, “90210” producers are reportedly worried.
“They want the girls to gain weight,” another source told the magazine. “They are really worried about them, especially Jessica. They are trying way too hard to be skinny and it’s started to wear on them. It’s just not healthy.”
Reps for both Grimes and Stroup had no comment on the Us Weekly report.
Is 90210 Planning Intervention for “Skinny” Leading Ladies?
Shenae Grimes and Jessica Stroup by Michael Desmond/The CW
The super-skinniness of 90210’s new leading ladies Jessica Stroup and Shenae Grimes is evident even to the untrained eye. But their weight may be slipping so fast that it’s prompting producers and costars to stage an intervention, a source tells Us.
“They want the girls to gain weight,” the source reportedly said. “They are trying too hard to be skinny, and it’s started to wear on them. It’s just not healthy.”
Another insider suggested that their bodies have shrunk since the show began. “The girls were all skinny when they started, but they’re definitely thinner now.” They added, “I heard some of the boys on the show are going to sit down with the girls and talk to them.”
One doctor estimated that Stroup, 21 and 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 100 to 105 pounds, while 5-foot-3 Grimes, 18, may weigh in at 90 pounds.
Do you think the girls are too thin for their own good? Are younger women in Hollywood especially susceptible to the pressure of the camera? – Anna Dimond
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